a distinguished speakers series
RABBI DR. DAVID ELLENSON
“Jewish Pluralism: Are There Limits?”
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts Jewish Community Center • West Bloomfield
A Jewish adage holds that there are “70 faces to Torah,” and the Talmud notes that both the House of Shammai and House of Hillel, while they often disagreed, spoke “the words of the living God.” The concept of ahavat Yisrael (the love of all Israel) and the idea that all Jews are responsible for one another are cardinal Jewish teachings. But are there limits to tolerance?
Today, religious and political disputes over issues such as Israel, denominationalism and conversion abound in the Jewish community. This lecture will address the complex issues and problems inherent in pluralism.
Co-sponsored by Congregation Shir Tikvah,Temple Emanu-El, Temple Israel, Temple Kol Ami and Temple Shir Shalom
Following the lecture, please join us for a dessert reception, book sale and signing with Rabbi Dr. Ellenson.
The president of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought, Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson is a scholar, prolific writer and leader of the Reform movement.
Full series: $22 per person Individual lecture(s):
$9/lecture per person
Full series: $28 per person Individual lecture(s):
$11/lecture per person
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Join us for the other two lectures in this series:
Rabbi Simon Jacobson
“The Future of the Jewish People: A Frank Discussion on Jewish Relevance to Our Lives”
Rabbi Shai Held
“What Are Human Beings For? What the Bible Really Means When it Tells Us We Are Created in the Image of God”